February 2019
In this issueHighlights from last few monthsUpcoming concertsDear Friends,
Rehearsing for a show at the Tempe Center for the ArtsHappy belated New Year! I hope this message finds you well.  
I started off 2019 with a concert in Phoenix with Paolo Alderighi, a cruise in the Caribbean, a concert near Hilton Head, South Carolina, and now we are in the Philippines visiting my relatives…no concerts here this time, so I guess this qualifies as a vacation! 🙂  We’ll be back in St. Louis for a few days before heading to California.  Highlights from last few months
I had a great time playing at the largest festival dedicated to ragtime music (and related early jazz styles), the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Rancho Cordova, California. Rancho Cordova is about an hour away from Paradise, and even at that distance, heavy smoke was visible and pungent. Our hearts go out to those who lost everything in the tragic Camp and Woolsey Fires. About 60 residents of a retirement community which had to be evacuated came to stay at the hotel where the festival was being held, and despite the sadness and tragedy, it was heartening to see how music can provide comfort in the darkest moments. Paolo and I were in Europe at the end of November, and enjoyed performing at two piano summits in Basel, where we met a delightful man and one of Switzerland’s most popular cabaret artists, Emil Steinberger. We went on to La Rochelle, France, where we gave performances in two lovely theaters. On our way back to the airport, we squeezed in a In the charming town of Rochefort, where Demy’s Les Demoiselles de Rochefort was filmedquick stop in Rochefort to see the town where Jacques Demy’s classic film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort was set, and we couldn’t help but picture the vibrant scenes and replay the treasured score of Michel Legrand in our minds. We lost the great composer a few days ago and this is what Gilles Jacob, former president of the Cannes Film Festival, wrote as a tribute to Legrand: his « notes were soft as caress, his umbrellas made us cry. By leaving us on the sly, Michel Legrand commits his first false note. Music, Maestro, please. » After the first of year, I flew to Miami to play on the JazzFest at Sea cruise with Paolo and about 15 of our musician friends. The ship’s route took us through several islands in the Caribbean. It’s always a treat to play with some of our favorite musicians and spend time with friends and jazz fans. To be able to stay in one place for ten days, without having to touch our suitcases, was the icing on the cake!  We’ll be playing on another cruise in the Caribbean at the end of April for Stomptime Productions. There are still a few cabins left if you’re interested in joining us! 🙂
Upcoming concertsI’d like to highlight a few upcoming events on the calendar. On February 10, Paolo and I will be performing at the beautiful St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in San Diego. Then, I’ll be giving a solo concert at the University of Evansville, Indiana on February 17. On February With Niccel and Emil Steinberger, Silvan Zingg, Nuno Alexandre, Valerio Felice, Paolo Alderighi, and Rossano Sportiello20, I’ll be giving another solo concert in conjunction with the University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara. We’ll conclude this stay in the US with a couple of festivals – the San Diego Jazz Party in Del Mar (February 22-24) and the Jazz Bash by the Bay in Monterey (March 1-3), as well as a performance in New York State on March 9. More information about these events can be found on my Schedule page.  As 2018 drew to a close, I couldn’t help but think of how much I appreciate the way that you have supported my music in countless ways. It’s a big part of what makes the life of a musician so special. So, truly, thank you. Hope to see you soon and all the best for a happy 2019! 
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